For my blog, and out of sheer curiosity, I have been experimenting with all kinds of online privacy solutions, like Protonmail, the Brave browser and Monkkee. The last and most efficient tool I have tried is Linux Kodachi, which offers a way to surf the net completely anonymous.
Linux Kodachi is even more private and secure than Linux Tails. What is also interesting to know, is that the NSA tracks people who are interested in Tails and Tor or related privacy tools. But once you are online using either Tails or Kodachi, even the NSA cannot track you.
When I was online, and surfing completely anonymously, I wondered, “Is this a basic right? Is privacy a human right?” I was not 100% sure they covered this in formal agreements, so I decided to check this out. And yes, privacy is a basic human right!
United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 1948, Article 12 states:
“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”
It was a relief for me to read this. I am still doing research about all these topics, having only been blogging about this since the beginning of this year. It also made me realize that the NSA is a criminal organization, which is not serving the public.
What can we do against such violations of our basic human rights, by governments? One thing we can do is to support organizations which take action, like Privacy International. By either donating or signing one of their petitions, you can take meaningful action.
“Governments and corporations are using technology to exploit us. Their abuses of power threaten our freedoms and the very things that make us human.”
“That’s why PI is here: to protect democracy, defend people’s dignity, and demand accountability from institutions who breach public trust.”
So yes, (online) privacy is a basic human right. And like all human rights, this right is currently under attack. But there are people and organizations which are fighting back to restore this right to us, and they need and deserve our support.
Of course, never fall for the lame statement that has been used already too many times: “If you have nothing to hide, you don’t need privacy, do you?” This is such a cheap attempt to manipulate people that it doesn’t even warrant an answer. Ignore this nonsense.
Alright. Please support everyone who fights for the human right to privacy. And don’t forget to protect your privacy, online and offline, against Big Corp and the governments who spy on you. Until we have cleaned house thoroughly, this will be something that clearly needs to be done.